Instead, many women are looking for guys who have good careers, love kids, and offer a soft tummy to lay on after a long day of working harder than us — all things that dad bods promise. Tight torsos and thick biceps are too busy at the gym to own businesses and keep the kitchen clean. To put it another way, a dad bod isn’t attractive because of what it looks like, but because what it says.
And what is that, you ask?
A dad bod says I have a job, responsibilities and enough money to nod approvingly when someone says “guacamole is extra.”
A dad bod owns a suit, makes car payments on a fuel-efficient vehicle and applies tasteful amounts of cologne before heading out the door. Send him a YouTube compilation of puppies doing cute stuff and afterward he’ll happily discuss which cute stuff was his favorite cute stuff.
Make love to a dad bod and afterward a dad bod will make waffles for your belly.
Women love dad bods, and even scientific evidence is starting to bear this out.
Take, for example, a recent study from the University of Aberdeen that presented 4,800 women with pictures of men’s faces. Each picture showed a pair of faces that were largely identical, except one had more masculine features, like thicker jaw lines and stronger eyebrows. The researchers found that women from wealthier countries, such as the United States — where there were fewer threats like early mortality and disease — were less likely to prefer the manly faces than those from countries with lower GDPs. The implication? When women don’t have to worry so much about threats to their survival, they instinctually go for softer and more cuddly types.